September 21, 11:00 – Noon Alaska Time: Dr. Richard James to give webinar on the North Pacific Sea Surface Temeprature patterns and how they impact Alaska

Monday, Sep 21 at 11 am, Dr. Richard James, a Senior Scientist at Prescient Weather, will be at University of Alaska Fairbanks to do the first ever joint ACCAP/UAF Atmospheric Sciences Seminar. He will be talking about his work on North Pacific Sea Surface Temperatures and how they relate to Alaska.  To join this webinar, you need to register. See details below.
Special Joint Webinar Available
ACCAP and UAF Atmospheric Department
The North Pacific SST “Blob” and Alaska Winter Climate

Speaker: Richard James, Senior Scientist, Prescient Weather Ltd.

Monday, 21 September 2015
11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. AKDT

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“Unusual climate anomalies over North America in the past two winters have stimulated renewed interest in the seasonal influence of North Pacific sea surface temperature (SST) patterns on the atmospheric circulation in the Pacific-North America region.  Hartmann (2015) proposed that a “North Pacific Mode” of SST anomalies was partly responsible for the dominant ridge-trough structure over North America in winter 2013-2014.  In this study we examine the historical connection between the North Pacific Mode and winter climate anomalies over Alaska, and we identify both similarities with, and important differences from, the influence of other leading SST modes that are related to ENSO and the Pacific Decadal Oscillation.  We also illustrate and explore the non-linear nature of Alaska’s winter climate response to the North Pacific Mode.”